the ragamuffin gospel

The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception. It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed and pride still rages within us. As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed. God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am... I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness. (Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, p.23)

This has been one of the most freeing realizations ever, for me.  Without this understanding, the gospel slowly stops being good news, I think.

I remember trying to motivate myself to talk about the gospel with others, while struggling with sin myself, and trying to hide it from myself and from everybody else... It felt horrible, hypocritical...

With this understanding I find in me a freedom to accept that while I am being mended by the grace of God in some broken places, my eyes are also being opened to greater brokenness within me, and the gospel keeps becoming gooder and gooder news by the minute - for me.

Very grateful...